Last night’s Annual Presentation Evening was an opportunity to acknowledge, celebrate and, quite frankly, show off the very best of Hulme Hall Grammar School. The evening managed to surpass our usual high standards in every way. The music on Wednesday evening was truly outstanding and a big thank you must go to our to our fabulous Chamber Choir who treated us to their performance of “Hold Back The River” by James Bay and the very contemporary, “Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith. You would pay good money to listen to performances of that caliber. It demonstrated the sheer hard work put into rehearsing the students and for this we must, as always, thank our truly dedicated and talented team of music teachers and peripatetic staff.
The students were immaculately turned out as always and were invariably beaming as they crossed the stage to receive their certificates and prizes for GCSE Results, Academic Awards, Effort and Sustained Progress and of course, for Sporting Talent. It was fantastic to be able to welcome back last year’s Leavers – now in Year 12. It amazes us each year to hear of the variety of destinations and wealth of opportunities available to our young people at 16+ with subjects such as Aerospace Engineering, Creative Media and Japanese being pursued, as well as the more traditional A Level, BTEC and Apprenticeship routes.
Our School Governor, Professor Sam Moore, was delightful, he treated the audience and especially our Year 12s, to an inspiring speech, detailing the opportunities afforded to his grandfather in the late 1890s and to himself as a young undergraduate in the 1960s. His inspiring words highlighted the exciting times that our school leavers have ahead of them and he urged them to grasp every possibility.
The feedback in the theatre afterwards and in School today has been overwhelming, with many claiming that our evening of celebration was the best ever! Miss Allen, as we all know, loves a good quote. I think it’s important to remind you all of her summary which reminds all Hulme Hallers, “If you can dream it, you can do it!”
Thanks again to all who attended and in any way contributed to a memorable and enjoyable evening.
Mrs J. Smith